2019 Code of Alabama
Title 36 - Public Officers and Employees.
Chapter 29 - State Employees' Health Insurance Plan.
Article 1 - General Provisions.
Section 36-29-19.7 - Retiree contribution based on years of service.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 36-29-19.7 (2019)
Section 36-29-19.7Retiree contribution based on years of service.

(a) The board shall set forth the employer contribution to the health insurance premium for each retiree class.

(b) For employees who retire other than for disability after September 30, 2005, but before January 1, 2012, the employer contribution to the health insurance premium set forth by the board for each retiree class shall be reduced by two percent for each year of service less than 25 and increased by two percent for each year of service over 25, subject to adjustment by the board for changes in Medicare premium costs required to be paid by a retiree. In no case shall the employer contribution of the health insurance premium exceed 100 percent of the total health insurance premium cost for the retiree.

(c)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (2), for employees who retire after December 31, 2011, the employer contribution to the health insurance premium set forth by the board for each retiree class shall be reduced by four percent for each year of creditable coverage less than 25 and increased by two percent for each year of creditable coverage over 25, subject to adjustment by the board for changes in Medicare premium costs required to be paid by a retiree. In no case shall the employer contribution of the health insurance premium exceed 100 percent of the total health insurance premium cost for the retiree.

(2) Employees who retire on disability after December 31, 2011, and apply for Social Security Disability shall be exempt from this subsection for a period of two years and thereafter if the employee is approved for Social Security Disability.

(d) For employees who retire after December 31, 2011, who are not covered by Medicare, regardless of years of coverage, the employer contribution to the health insurance premium set forth by the board for each retiree class shall be reduced by a percentage equal to one percent multiplied by the difference between the Medicare entitlement age and the age of the employee at the time of retirement as determined by the board. This reduction in the employer contribution will cease upon notification to the board of the attainment of Medicare coverage.

(e) No later than October 1, 2016, the net employer contribution to the health insurance premium for employees who retire after December 31, 2011, without Medicare coverage shall not exceed the amount of the employer contribution to cover the cost of an active employee.

(f) For an employee who has elected to participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) as defined under Sections 16-25-150 and 36-27-170, the date participant entered DROP is his or her retirement date for purposes of Act 2011-698 only, provided that the DROP participant: (1) Does not voluntarily terminate participation in DROP within the first three years; and (2) withdraws from service at the end of DROP participation period.

(g) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the calculation of the employer contribution for correction officers, retiring after December 31, 2012, shall include credit for any hazardous duty time awarded under the Employees' Retirement System or the Teachers' Retirement System pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of Section 36-27-59, provided that the agency from which a correctional officer retires shall reimburse the board for the cost of any credited hazardous duty time under such terms and conditions as determined by the board.

(Act 2004-648, 1st Sp. Sess., p. 28, §1; Act 2011-698, p. 2141, §1; Act 2012-394, p. 1054, §1.)
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